There is no doubt that the second trimester of 2012 will be a period of advances in the electoral realm. One of the cases that we mentioned in one of the last posts from last year is the Presidential election in Dominical Republic, which will take place next May 20th. The Central American country has been leading the crusade for e-voting for many years. After many attempts, and the denial of implementation of a pilot plan in 2006, the possibility of automating scrutiny has become a reality. It represents the first step towards the automation of the whole process for the 2016 elections.
Having overcome many obstacles, the president of the country’s Central Electoral Board, Roberto Rosario, announced the automation of scrutiny and gave details about the technology that will guarantee the transmission of voting results from different points of Dominican Republic.
France will also be under the spotlight during the second trimester of 2012. On April 22nd, the elections for this European nation’s president will take place, and the second round is scheduled for May 6th. Then, on June 3rd, the first round of the legislative elections will be held, with a second round scheduled for May 17th.
While Dominican Republic advances towards electronic voting, elections in France will still be manual.
The automated voting system solves many inconveniences that the manual method has accumulated. Automation entails auditability (the possibility for the system to be evaluated in all its stages), and offers technological alternatives to recognize attempts of fraud. Besides, it guarantees security in the tabulation and sum of results, and cuts human error by a great percentage.
In the case of elections through manual voting, procedures are managed 100% by citizens and are registered in paper, so security measures are focused on the physical safeguard of the electoral kit. Irregularities such as the tampering of the electoral material, loss or deterioration, transportation problems and the exposal to human error are possible and usually happen.